Sir Alex Ferguson has stated that his experience in the job has taught him how to handle situations like the one of Wayne Rooney, where he convinced him that like he had done in the past, he would be working on the potential of the current Manchester United squad to challenge for major honours. Ferguson has also pointed to the fact that this sends a signal about the experience required from the manager that would succeed him once he eventually decides to retire. He says that Manchester United cannot go for a young inexperienced coach if they are to continue on their way forward. It is also believed that once the Scot calls time on his long career at the helm of the club, he would have a major say in the selection process of his successor.
A report appearing in El Mundo Deportivo, Ferguson’s preference is current Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola, which despite his age, has shown his exceptional capability in managing the Catalan club on the road to success. Guardiola enjoys the record of being the youngest manager ever to win the UEFA Champions League in the 2008/09 season. Until now he has won two domestic leagues (La Liga), the Copa del Rey 2008/09, twice the Supercopa de Espana, the UEFA Super Cup and the 2009 FIFA Club World Cup with Barcelona since taking over in 2008. To strengthen the argument, the issues of his contract expiring in 2011 and the reported fact that he has a strained relationship with new club president Sandro Rosell are mentioned. The other favourite to succeed Ferguson is Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho, which like Guardiola has vast experience in managing a top club which could be used to manage Manchester United. Sir Alex has yet to give an indication about a retirement date, but when it inevitably arrives, it will be interesting to see which manager United pick to take the club forward.
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